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ARCA 101, Part III: Meet the Contenders

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Over the past two days, Frontstretch has laid out the respective changes and the impact they will have on the ARCA Menards Series. But who will contend for victories? Who are drivers to keep an eye on this season? This final installment of ARCA 101 answers those questions. There are only five drivers competing full-time …

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Entry List: BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona

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The season opener for the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Friday (Jan. 24) at Daytona International Speedway has 51 teams entered.  This is an increase of 18 teams from the ROAR Before the 24 (the ROAR was not a mandatory test for Michelin Pilot Challenge teams) and two more than last year’s race. The Grand Sport …

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Hailie Deegan Is Ford’s New Development Driver, Will Drive Full ARCA Season

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Hailie Deegan has joined Ford’s development driver program, the maker announced at a press conference Tuesday, Dec. 17. In addition, DGR-Crosley announced it has signed Deegan to the full 20-race ARCA Menards Series schedule in its No. 4 Ford Fusion. Deegan raced two full-time seasons in the ARCA Menards Series West, as well as some …

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Reviewing the 2019 ARCA Season

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The 2019 ARCA Menards Series season has come to an end, and Christian Eckes became the 36th different champion in its 67th season. The season saw seven different drivers capture victories over the 20 races. Venturini Motorsports won the owners’ championship, and the organization won 14 races this season. Eckes and teammate Michael Self finished …

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ARCA Preview: 2019 ARCA Kansas 150

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The ARCA Menards Series wraps up its season with the 2019 ARCA Kansas 150 at Kansas Speedway on Oct. 18. It is the 19th race for the series at the 1.5-mile track in Kansas City, Kan., and it will host the season finale next year too. Entering the final race, Christian Eckes leads Michael Self …

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Friday Faceoff: Should Manufacturers Dictate How Their Teams Race?

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Should manufacturers be getting involved to make their teams cooperate at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway? Christian Koelle: Instead of manufacturers, it should be teams working together — but understand when we get to ISM Raceway, all of this goes away; it’s every man for himself. Josh Roller: I don’t have an issue with manufacturers …

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NASCAR 101: Other K&N Stalwarts Who Could Join Sam Mayer in the Truck Series (Or Beyond)

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The latest graduate of the K&N Pro Series to NASCAR’s national series is Sam Mayer, who made his Gander Outdoors Truck Series debut Thursday night, Aug. 15, at Bristol Motor Speedway. Mayer, 16, was announced in late 2018 as one of the drivers for GMS Racing’s Truck Series program in 2019. The catch? He wouldn’t …

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2-Headed Monster: Is Hailie Deegan Ready For The Big Time?

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After impressing during the past two seasons in the NASCAR K&N Series Pro Series West, 17-year-old Hailie Deegan could make her first starts in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series in 2020, per the Sports Business Journal. This situation raises a burning question: Is Deegan being rushed? Adam Cheek and Clayton Caldwell debate this week’s …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Bobby Labonte Examines Career, Highs & Lows

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss the Monday matinee (June 10) at Michigan International Speedway where Joey Logano put a whippin’ on the field en route to his second victory of 2019. Spoiler alert, we didn’t like the action we saw, and neither did Kevin Harvick, who once again overcame pit …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Should “Retired” Drivers Be Allowed To Race in Lower Series?

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After this past weekend’s Gander Outdoors Truck Series event at the Texas Motor Speedway, there has been a lot of talk about Greg Biffle’s big win. Biffle returned to NASCAR competition for the first time since 2016, and for his first Truck Series race since 2004. To say that it was impressive for a driver …

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